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Some love stories aren’t meant to last
Stella lives with depression, and her goals for junior year are pretty much limited to surviving her classes, staying out of her parents’ constant fights and staving off unwanted feelings enough to hang out with her friends Lin and Katie.
Until Kevin. A quiet, wry senior who understands Stella and the lows she’s going through like no one else. With him, she feels less lonely, listened to—and hopeful for the first time since ever…
But to keep that feeling, Stella lets her grades go and her friendships slide. And soon she sees just how deep Kevin’s own scars go. Now little arguments are shattering. Major fights are catastrophic. And trying to hold it all together is exhausting Stella past the breaking point. With her life spinning out of control, she’s got to figure out what she truly needs, what’s worth saving—and what to let go.
"I don't want to disappoint anyone in search of a happy ending... this isn't that kind of story," narrator Stella warns at the opening of this novel by Yu (Four Weeks, Five People). After enduring a rough sophomore year that culminated with a mental breakdown, Stella is unmotivated to begin her junior year. Then she becomes smitten with Kevin, a brilliant student in her philosophy class, who, much to Stella's surprise, returns her affection. Kevin is passionate, intense, and like no boy Stella has known. Soon, being with him becomes more important than seeing her friends and doing homework, despite Kevin's increasing bouts of anger and possessiveness. Stella finds herself sacrificing important things for the sake of keeping him happy. If Yu's jumbling of chronology makes the ending anticlimactic (scenes of the relationship's disastrous final stages are juxtaposed against happier early days), it also drives home a point about the pitfalls of falling in love hard and fast. Stella's desire, angst, and yearning to cling to an unhealthy relationship are convincingly and empathically conveyed, and readers with a hearty appetite for romance and drama will eagerly join Stella on her tumultuous journey. Ages 12 up.)\n